Gov. Deval Patrick announced the grant winners at the Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts (SWIM) on Wednesday. The grants are being awarded to a Florida company, a local startup and a Northeastern Unviersity researcher in hopes to create jobs and positition the Bay State as a hub for investments in advanced water technology, accoriding to Energy and Environmental Affairs SecretaryRick Sullivan.
The SWIM event attracted more than 120 companies that operate in water innovation who joined together to discuss what the state considers to be a $500 billion global industry.
Each of the three grants are being awarded under the programs financially supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
“Massachusetts is known around the world for its academic research, its skilled workforce and its technological application of bold and innovative ideas,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. “By bringing these groups together, we can position the Commonwealth as a leader in tackling these pressing global issues.”
MassCEC, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the NECEC Institute, awarded up to $70,000 to Applied Environmental Technology for a demonstration project that will test wastewater treatment technologies at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center in Barnstable.
In a partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), MassCEC gave $40,000 to Latika Menon, a researcher at Northeastern University who is investigating an advanced filtration material that could potentially separate water from oil and other complex solutions, and NBD Nanotechnologies Inc., a venture-backed, Boston-based startup led by Miguel Galvez and Deckard Sorensen of Boston College that is working on enhanced condensation technology for HVAC, heat exchangers, power plants, desalination plants and dehumidifiers.